At the Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT we understand how living with unwanted hair can negatively impact your self-esteem and your everyday life. Call us today, and our compassionate staff will talk with you about the best approach to these difficult issues. You may be a candidate for Sciton laser hair removal.
How Does Hair Removal With Sciton Laser Work?
What Is a Sciton Laser?
Sciton lasers were designed to bring the highest levels of technology to the world of cosmetic treatments in dermatology. The product was produced and engineered to be a safe and effective tool for a variety of non-invasive procedures that would help people transform their appearances and get results that would bring them confidence and a positive self-image.
The company is a leader in laser technology for dermatology and has been highly successful for many years. Patients and physicians trust the name Sciton because of its proven record of dependability, safety, and excellent results. We are proud to be able to bring this important technology to you.
What Is It Used For?
Laser treatments are used in a number of different medical and cosmetic treatments. Lasers can be used on the skin to remove scars, to help fight acne, to improve skin tone, and to help revitalize skin.
They can also treat patients with a common type of nail fungus, warts, and vascular issues, and they are sometimes used in contouring and sculpting loose or dimpled skin. And of course, laser treatments are effective for semi-permanent hair removal.
Can Hair Be Removed All Over My Body?
Unwanted hair can grow anywhere on the body but is often found on the back, upper lip, legs, and bikini area. People seek professional assistance to remove this hair effectively and for a long period of time.
Some people find that their unwanted body hair is just too hard to reach or is in an area that is very sensitive. At those times, professional help is the best choice. Hair can be removed from any area of your body other than around your eyes.
How Can It Help Me?
Unwanted hair can be an embarrassing issue that may cause you to feel insecure or not confident. If the unwanted hair is on areas of your body under your clothing, you may avoid swimming or other activities where you would naturally show your skin. If the hair is in a visible area, like on your face, you may feel self-conscious in social and workplace interactions.
Waxing, shaving, and plucking can only relieve the problem for a short period of time, and people must start over as the hair quickly grows back. When unwanted hair is gone from your body, you will have the confidence to show your skin, and insecurities about excess hair will be gone. You will be pleased with yourself and with your appearance.
Is It Effective on Unwanted Hair?
Sciton laser treatments are the perfect solution to getting rid of unwanted hair on almost any part of the body. These treatments will effectively remove hair for a long period of time. Sometimes results are permanent, while other times additional maintenance is needed every few months.
How Do I Prepare?
Choose an Experienced Professional Team
The most important decision you will have to make as part of the laser hair removal process is who is going to do the procedure. You will want to trust your body to a medical skincare team that understands dermatology, knows how to keep your skin safe during treatment, and can deliver the results you want. Be careful of spas or beauty clinics that offer laser treatment but are not medical professionals.
At the Advanced Dermatology Center, we have worked with all kinds of skin types and issues. We understand this process and have completed it successfully many times. You will know you are in expert hands when you choose us to help you remove unwanted hair from your body.
Have a Consultation
Visit us for a consultation about what you are experiencing and the steps that will need to be taken to resolve the issues. We will explain your options when it comes to treatment, and we will talk you through the process.
Our patient and compassionate team is there to answer all of your questions and talk to you about what you can expect. We will be by your side through the entire process. Consultations are complimentary, so there is no reason to delay. You can request an appointment through our website or by phone.
What Will My Consultation Involve?
When you come in for your complimentary consultation, you will speak with a medical professional. We will ask you questions about your lifestyle, any medication you are using, and whether you have a history of skin problems. We will also ask you how you have been dealing with unwanted hair up to this point.
We will then discuss what you can expect from the treatment, and we will take pictures that we can assess to see how the treatments are working in the short and long terms.
Lightening Your Skin
The greater the contrast between the color of your skin and the color of your hair when you come in for treatment, the better your results are likely to be. With this in mind, we will advise you on avoiding measures that can make your skin darker before the treatment. You will want to avoid exposure to the sun and always wear sunscreen when you are outside.
You will also want to avoid using tanning creams or other skin creams that darken your skin. Sometimes we may suggest you use a bleaching cream on your skin if you have recently gotten a tan or have particularly dark skin.
Stop Hair Removal
Your hair follicles should be as healthy as possible before laser treatment begins, so we will ask you to avoid waxing or plucking existing hair before the treatment. We will also ask you to stop using any home laser hair removal devices you may have. The methods you have been using may be irritating your hair follicles and may cause your medical laser treatment to not be as effective as it could be.
Avoid Certain Medications
We will ask you to avoid medications that cause the blood to become thinner.
Shave or Trim the Area To Be Treated
You should shave the area with unwanted hair the day before the treatment. This is to remove any barriers and allow the laser to focus on the hair follicles.
What Is the Process?
On the day of the procedure, we will give you special goggles that will protect your eyes from the light of the laser. We may also put a topical cream on the area to be treated.
We will then use a hand-held laser device and press it lightly against your skin. The device will emit a laser beam that will be hot. A cooling gel is used to protect your skin from the heat. The laser beam runs through your skin and then directly into the hair follicle. The heat of the laser targets the hair follicles and causes them to release the hair and stops any new growth of hair that may have just started.
Why Does It Work?
The laser focuses on the contrast between the color of your hair and the color of your skin. Because your hair follicle contains more pigment than your skin, the laser heat will be targeting that pigment in the hair follicle. Once the follicle is damaged, it cannot grow new hair until it goes through another cycle of growth.
How Long Does It Take?
The amount of time you will spend in treatment depends entirely on where the unwanted hair is on your body and how much is there. If the hair is only in a small area like your upper lip or on the bottom of your chin, the treatment will not take very long. You may only be in our office for a half-hour or so.
If the area of treatment is larger, like your back, the process will take much longer. You could be having treatment of an hour or even several hours. Each follicle must be targeted by the laser, so the laser will move over your body slow and in sections. If your hair is particularly thick, the hair follicles are closer together and the process can take a little bit longer than it would for thinner hair.
What Will I Need To Do After the Treatment?
When you go home after your treatment, you should avoid exposure to the sun for long periods of time. You will want to wear a high SPF sunscreen any time you are outdoors. You should also avoid using tanning beds or anything that chemically darkens the skin until all treatments are finished.
Will I Need Additional Treatments?
You can expect to need maintenance treatments because the laser works best on new-growth follicles, so the treatments are most effective when given at every part of the hair growth cycle.
How often you will need maintenance depends on the area where your hair is being removed. Hair in areas like the upper lip grows faster than hair in places like your back. Maintenance sessions could be required from about a month to four months after the initial treatment.
What Are the Results I Can Expect?
Once the process and maintenance have been completed, you can expect the hair in the treated area to fall out over the next several days or weeks. It can take some time because the cycle of hair growth is always revolving. After the first treatment, it might look like the hair is growing back, but that is not what is actually happening. It is the result of the hair-growth cycle continuing instead.
How Long Does it Last?
You can expect hair removal to last at least a few months. For some people, it lasts for years or even longer. Results will depend a lot on the area where the hair is being removed, the color of your hair, and how fast your hair grows. When your hair does grow back, you can expect it to be lighter in color and thinner than it was before the treatment.
Call us at the Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT as soon as possible to talk to us about how you can address your problems with unwanted hair. We will bring you in for a free consultation and help you understand your options for treatment. Our caring and nonjudgmental staff want to help you feel better and live life with more confidence.